1. From Data Entry to Google Cloud Leader: Greg Wilson Explains Art of Career Pivot

    Greg Wilson, Head of Developer Advocacy of Google Cloud Platform, gave a talk at Hack Reactor last week to students and alumni on education, technology and the life of a developer. Wilson discussed his own career path from low-level data entry to Google, continually touching on the theme of recognizing pivot points when the technological landscape or one’s own passions indicate that it’s time to make a change.

  2. Firebase, a Popular API with Students and Developers, Acquired by Google

    Firebase, an API that facilitates real-time interactions between clients and a server, was purchased by Google this week. Firebase, which is very popular in social network, gaming development, and other areas where real-time interaction is crucial to user experience, has a good relationship with Hack Reactor. One Firebase developer, Joey Yang, is a Hack Reactor graduate, and has come back to the school multiple times to make presentations on using Firebase. Firebase participated in the newbie-friendly hackathon #neoHack14, which Hack Reactor hosted, and students often use the powerful API in their apps, including one that created a social network around exchanging Disneyland Fastpasses.